Sweet dreams are made of this…
I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company.
For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered from insomnia. I remember sleepless nights dating as far back as early elementary school. Perhaps it’s due to PTSD from the 4 heart surgeries I had when I was a child, what us in the chronic illness world refer to as “painsomnia,” or because my father has always been a terrible sleeper and it’s genetic. Who knows. I average about 4-6 hours of shut-eye a night, and somehow I’ve been able to function.
Right out of college, I’ve lived in an amazing apartment in one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. I lived directly over my favorite bar, convenient for when I had to
stumble walk up 4 flights of stairs at 2am, and the view from my bedroom was of Penns Landing and the Ben Franklin Bridge. I loved it.
At night, the bridge was lit up, and along the bottom the lights would change colors. I’ve never quite figured out why I was so fascinated with a bunch of colored light bulbs, but it was a nightly laser light show from the comfort of my bed (minus the Led Zepplin tunes- anyone who’s been to laser light shows at The Franklin Institute in Philly knows what I’m talking about). I would lay happily in bed, watch the lights on the bridge and fall asleep. It’s one of the few times in my life I remember not having terrible insomnia.
Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try an Aromatherapy oil diffuser by Organic Aromas. I have several friends who swear by essential oils, but I guess I never wanted to put out the money for something I didn’t think would work. I have to be honest, when the diffuser arrived, it sat in its’ box on my dresser for probably 2 weeks. On a particularly bad night of tossing, turning and cursing out Mr Sandman, I took note of the package, and ripped open the box. I figured if I was up anyway, I might as well give myself something to do.
The diffuser itself is quite simple, with a wooden base and the glass diffuser is rounded at the bottom with a long, thin neck- just like my favorite flask from chemistry, the florence flask.
Holy shit, did I really just admit I have a favorite flask from my chemistry days? Mrs. Seybold, my high school chemistry teacher who I adored, would be so proud. I wear my Nerd Badge with pride, people.
Back to the diffuser. It came with a small bottle of essential oil, which they refer to as the Signature Blend. I can’t quite put my finger on what the blend is, but is not an overpowering scent, and is quite pleasant. I read the directions, added the oil to the diffuser, and switched it on. The dial on allows you to choose the intensity of the mist.
Imagine my surprise when the LED light feature began changing colors. I was thrilled, it felt like the Ben Franklin Bridge was in my bedroom. You know, minus the traffic, pollution and dirty Delaware River.
I lay down, watched the colors change, took in the relaxing scent of the oil, and within 5 minutes that night I was asleep.
Has my insomnia been cured? Well, unfortunately no, but I have found a drug-free way that relaxes me, allows my mind to stop going 90mph, and on good nights, fall asleep much faster.
I’ve since purchased lavender essential oil and this is what I use every night! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up from this gal!